New apartments for Oxted will deliver over £2.39 million for infrastructure improvements
Last night’s Planning Committee approved the application from developer St William, for the redevelopment of the Oxted gasholder site, together with the adjoining Johnsdale Car Park. The scheme will generate £2.39m for Community Infrastructure Levy contributions which will go towards the Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which identifies improvements within Oxted. 15% of this funding will be directly controlled by Oxted Parish Council.
The application comprises 111 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with high quality landscaping and car parking. The apartments will be accessed from the entrance opposite Boots on Station Road East and from Johnsdale. More information about the project is available to view at www.oxtedgasholder.co.uk.
St William has agreed to buy Johnsdale Car Park from the Council. This car park is no longer needed because of the increased capacity which will be delivered by the redevelopment of Ellice Road Car Park. St William will cover the costs of the remediation needed at this site, which used to be part of the gasworks. Demolition work to the gasholder will begin in autumn 2018 and construction will start in spring 2019.
Councillor Martin Fisher, Leader of the Council, said: “The new homes in Oxted will deliver many of the Council’s key objectives, as well as demolishing the gasholder which has been a blight on the landscape for too long. It will provide substantial infrastructure investment money which will benefit the whole district. It will also deliver more customers for businesses in Oxted and as such is key to the wider RegenOxted programme. The Council has been trying to get the gasholder removed for over 30 years. You cannot underestimate the work involved in taking the gasholder down and dealing with any contamination before building work can even begin. St William is one of a handful of developers with the skills and experience willing to take on a project like this. This is truly great news for Oxted and the entire district and on a personal level, I am delighted our determination to overcome every obstacle to make this happen has finally paid off.”